‘We are Aware’ offer mental health support at No 65, High Street, Nailsea

No.65 High Street, Nailsea is an informal drop-in venue provided and run by Nailsea Town Council, for anyone wanting advice, support and friendship. It is an important base for a wide variety of local groups and services. The list of current services is shown on the website  https://www.nailseatown.com/65-high-street/

‘We are Aware’ is one of the fantastic organisations who use No 65 to offer mental health help to the community. ‘We are Aware’ is a Not-for-Profit CIC (Community Interest Company) based in North Somerset, raising awareness for mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention through events, innovations and building partnerships. They provide direct support through groups and activities. The small team of passionate individuals have a range of skills and lived experience in the area of mental health.

The group hold a Mental health peer support and discussion group at No 65 once a month on a Wednesday evening from 6.30-8.00pm. The next meeting is on 10 July 2024. The support group is called THINKING OUT LOUD and is ‘We are Aware’s’ professionally facilitated peer discussion and support group. Peer support provides shared support; a sense of purpose; structure and direction; personal insight and development. It is a great opportunity to access mental health support. Please contact admin@weareaware.info if you would like to join the group. New members are very welcome.

Alan McCready, Director of ‘We are Aware’ says “I am an Independent Advocate and part-time hypnotherapist, I’ve also worked in health and social care for 16 years, with 11 years in mental health.

We are passionate about ‘We are Aware’ and what we do and I would like to encourage anyone who feels they need mental help and support to reach out to us. We have many activities and support groups across North Somerset, so there will be something for you. Please use the contact form on our website https://www.weareaware.info/contact or contact admin@weareaware.info if you would like to join the group at No 65.”

One of the peers who attended some of the ‘We are Aware’ events said My journey through mental health services has been pretty rocky, but ‘We Are Aware’ is like an oasis of sanity amidst my struggles. The ethos is strong. It meets people where they are rather than trying to ‘fix’ them.”

Trudy Hollow, Manager at No 65 says “We are very proud at No 65 to offer an informal drop-in venue run by Nailsea Town Council for anyone wanting advice and support. Our fantastic facilities are widely used by a variety of local groups and services with a focus on community wellbeing. We are really lucky to have ‘We are Aware’ sessions at No 65. I would actively encourage anyone who feels they need additional mental health support to come along to the group.”

‘We Are Aware’ is funded by Quartet Community Foundation, Allen Lane Foundation and the Co-op Community Fund.